Gallery 3: Study Day

Ceramic Art Japan:
Making, Finding, Collecting, Inspiring
Study Day
Saturday 9 June 2012 10am – 4pm
£30 includes light lunch (£25 concession)

Using the Hale collection as a starting point, the first part of this study day aims to place the making of pots in the Tohoku region within the history of Japanese ceramics. 

The kilns of Tohoku were little known outside the region when the Hales were researching the potteries for their book published in 1974 in Japanese. Examining the aesthetic and historical context of the kilns represented here will lead to the second part of the day where we will explore issues surrounding contemporary work in Japan and internationally. 

Speakers include: David Hale, The Hale Collection; Louise Cort, Curator for Ceramics, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Professor Yasuhiro Taniguchi, Kokugakuin University, Tokyo and Alex McErlain, former Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. The day will be directed by Jane Wilkinson, independent curator and former Curator of the East Asian Collections at the National Museums of Scotland.

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A fully illustrated, colour publication accompanies this exhibition


The Hale Collection of Tohoku Ceramics

46 coloured plates illustrated beautifully over 64 pages, The Hale Collection of Tohoku Ceramics accompanies the exhibition in Gallery 3. The book contains stunning images of the ceramic pieces featured in the exhibition, detailed descriptions and a selection of black and white historical shots.

The Hale Collection of Tohoku Ceramics is available at a special discount price of £15.00 during the exhibition period. 

All books are available from the Retail Gallery Ruthin Craft Centre or by mail-order. Postage and packaging costs will apply. Please call or email for details.

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Gallery 3: The Hale Collection of Tohoku Ceramics

This unique collection of traditional ceramics from the Tohoku region was painstakingly collected by David and Anne Hale whilst David was Professor of English at Tohoku University from 1966–72 and shows some 58 pieces from the 220 objects altogether in The Hale Collection. 

Renowned in Japan, it has never been exhibited as a collection in the UK before. The ceramics from the 18th, 19th and 20th century are from a number of kilns in the Sendai region including the Haryu kiln in Miyagi, completely destroyed in the 2011 earthquake.






colour photography James Austin. black and white photography David Hale